Thursday, September 30, 2010

Apple Picking

Last weekend, we took our annual family trip to the apple orchard.

This is something that we look forward to every year. 

My entire extended family gets together to do this.  Cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents, etc.  Our group keeps getting bigger every year with the addition of spouses and new babies.

So fun!

This is my daughter with my cousin, Jennie, and her beau, Bruno.

This pic is my cousin, Jamie's little one, Kaitlyn.  She held onto this green apple ALL day!!!  So cute!

This is some of our latest additions.  Kaitlyn, JJ, Sophia, and Ellie.

I hope you are all enjoying your fall and everything that it has to offer!


So, you know that we totally believe in animal rescue and adoption, right?

Well, check out these two cutie patootie adoptees!

No, they aren't mine!  Unfortunately.  Our town will make me get a kennel permit if I get anymore.  Hee hee!!!

My friend Lori adopted the lighter colored of the little guys a couple of weeks ago.  His name is Chance.

Things were working out so well with Chance, that she decided to adopted his brother, Da Vinci!!!!

Aren't they adorable???

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Craft Show Update and Lessons Learned

Good Thursday morning all!

I wanted to take a quick moment to give an update on the Craft Show that I did this past weekend.

All in all, I would call it a success.

I have to take into consideration that the event was very poorly advertised, and was advertised as a flea market.  Ugh!

It was an absolutely beautiful day, but people were just not coming out.  Those who did were primarily looking for flea market type deals.

However, I would say that about 90% of the people who purchased items did so from me.  Yay!!!!

People loved my signs and other items.  I was very thrilled!!!

I haven't done a show in several years, so there were some lessons that I learned.  I thought I'd pass them along.

1.  If you have a vertical display, make extra special sure that it is stable and will not get blown over!!!  Grrr!

2.  Make sure you have business cards!  This dummy forgot to bring business cards!  Ahhh!!!!  Although all of my items have a label on the back with my shop name and my email address, there were a lot of people that asked for cards.

3.  Don't get down in the dumps if sales are slow.  Just take it as a learning experience!

Now, I'm pumped to do another show!!!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Help A Sister Out... again! Hee hee!

Ok, so I have 4 more days until the big craft show!!!

This is the first show that I have done in years... cuz we don't have too many of them around here, sadly!

I'm super nervous and super excited at the same time.

I've been busy as a bee trying to get as much inventory done as I can before the big day. 

Thank goodness I've had Prince Charming and Josie to help out.

I'm kinda all over the place with ideas for my display.

That's where you guys come in!

Oh, you didn't know I was gonna put you to work, huh?  Hee hee!

What I'd love for you guys to do is to share with me display tips that have worked for you in the past, or ideas that you've seen at shows that you've been to.

I can't wait to see the ideas and tips that you guys have!!!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

We Will Never Forget

**I am re-posting this from last September 11th...I know that I will NEVER forget!**

Nine years ago, our country, and this beautiful state that I love so much and call my home found itself under attack.

I feel like it was just yesterday.

By far, it was the scariest day of my 38 years!  I remember hearing of the first plane hitting the tower on the radio on my way to work.  I looked up at the sky and all I saw were beautiful blue skies, not a cloud to be seen.  How on earth?  Maybe there's some fog in the city, I remember thinking.


Rumors started flying, and I started panicking.  My little ones were in school... my first thought was to rush back home and get them.  I just felt the need to hold them in my arms and protect them.

Then I started hearing that the nuclear power plant that is within 1/2 mile of our home was under guard, because it was rumored to be a potential target.

Call me a coward, call me paranoid, but I rushed home, snatched up my little ones, pack a bag and literally ran from my home.  My only thought was to get as far away from that power plant as I could.  I took the kids and stayed the night at my Aunt's home in Connecticut.

I remember getting a call from my husband saying that the reports were that more than 300 firefighters had been lost.  That numbered took me off my feet.  Unbelievable!  He said that our local volunteer fire department was sending units down as support.

I was filled with pride that he would be going to help in such a huge and important effort... and sheer panic that he would be in that "war zone"!

Three days later, I was lucky enough to be able to once again hug and kiss my brave husband... simple signs of affection that many wives would never again be lucky enough to experience.

I will be lighting a candle on my front porch in remembrance of all of those who lost their lives on this fated day, especially my long time friend, Stephen P. Driscoll, NYPD.

May we never forget.

Friday, September 3, 2010

No Buddy Like a Brother

I mentioned the other day that I was preparing for a Craft Show coming up in a couple of weeks.

Which, by the way, I'm completely freaking out about... more on that at a later time!

I wanted to show you one sign that I did for the show.  This one is a fav of mine!

I love the colors on this one and will definitely be using this color combo more in the future!!!

The sign is painted Slate Blue, and I used beige and brown vinyl for the text.  I also sanded the edges and applied some Tim Holz distress ink in Walnut

What do you think?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Cute Christening Gift

My cousin's daughter, Kaitlyn, was baptised a few weeks ago.

I made this cute little frame to go with her gift.

I thought it would be cute with a picture of her in the beautiful gown!